As seen in USA Today, MSNBC, Dr. Oz, and the Chicago Tribune.


2013 Coal Tar vs. Asphalt Sealer Price Comparison

Editor's note: This is an annual survey from 2013. For more recent surveys go here .  This post is the third time we have compared...

Editor's note: This is an annual survey from 2013. For more recent surveys go here

This post is the third time we have compared the cost of retail driveway sealers.  The previous two were made in March, so it made sense for an update.  Keep in mind that the cost of the two dominant products are sensitive to the price of fuel and susceptible to interruptions in the supply chain.  

Frequently people ask which product lasts longest or is better.  Generally speaking, these products, no matter which primary ingredient it contains, become more expensive with the addition of polymers and fortifiers that make the product perform better.  In other words, which would you think would last longer a coal tar sealant at $113 per 5 gallon bucket or one that costs just $13?  

This is illustrated with above price versus warranty graph using the retail "Black Jack" line of asphalt-based driveway sealer.  A product that just has a 2 year warranty is about half the amount of one that has a 10 year warranty.  Which is "better?"  It would depend on what you can afford. Longevity of the products is a function of the quality of the ingredients and the quality of the installation.

From a retail perspective I "googled" the shopping search engine for driveway sealant products. I got 27 separate products with the following breakdown:
  • Asphalt-based: 17 products with 8 less than $20 per 5 gallon bucket with a low of $12 and an average of $20 from those surveyed last year with a 5% increase in the average price since 2012.  It is important to realize the product variability here as well.  Some have as little as a 1 year warranty.
  • Coal tar-based: 7 products with a low of $13 and an average of $16 from those surveyed last year. The average price has increased about 5% since last year as well.  Not included in these averages are some new (to me) coal tar sealants available in 5 gallon buckets, but that cost as much as $113 per bucket!  This is about 10 times more expensive than the cheapest coal tar product.
  • Gilsonite-based (a special fossilized asphalt): 1 product for $42.
  • Acrylic-based: 2 products for an average $40.
So you can see for retail products, asphalt sealants continue to dominate at least the number of products available and come in a variety of qualities and a broad range of costs.



2016,49,ABC's,8,Action,53,airport,3,alternatives,6,Althoff,1,AMA,1,American Coating Association,2,Anacostia,1,Andover,1,applicator,1,APWA,1,ASCE,1,Asphalt Institute,1,ASTM,1,Austin,27,Austin Chronicle,1,ban,135,bans,5,Baylor,9,benzo[a]pyrene,1,Boca Raton,1,Boone,3,Burke,1,California,11,CalTrans,1,Canada,6,cancer,23,Cheh,1,Chesapeake Bay,1,Chicago,7,Chicago Sun Times,1,Chicago Tribune,7,china,1,Cleveland,2,coffee-tea test,3,Congress,6,Connecticut,2,consumer,1,cost,11,costs,1,Dallas,1,Dane County,1,Data Quality,1,Daughtry,4,DC,1,DDT,1,Deep Water Horizon,1,Delaware,1,Department of Defense,1,Department of Interior,2,District of Columbia,7,Doggett,17,DuPage River Salt Creek,2,Ed Burke,1,Edwards Aquifer Authority,3,Ellison,2,Emancipation,1,enforcement,6,environmental justice,1,EPA,31,EU,1,FAA,6,FAQ,14,field test,1,fish kill,3,Florida,2,Frockt,2,German Federation,1,Gowanus,2,Great Lakes,4,Gregoire,1,Hansen,4,Hawthorne,2,health,62,Hoffman Estates,1,Home Depot,1,Huffman,7,IARC,1,Illinois,27,Indiana,2,industry,68,Jeffords,1,Kansas,3,Keating,2,Lindsay,2,Long Island,1,Lowes,1,Mackerer,1,Madison,1,Maine,9,map,2,Maryland,8,Massachusetts,3,McDermott,1,McHenry,1,McHenry County,2,MCPA,1,Men's Health,1,Michigan,9,Milwaukee,1,Minneapolis,1,Minnesota,32,Mississippi River,2,Missouri,6,Montgomery County,3,Morgan State,1,MPCA,23,MS4,1,MSDS,1,MSNBC,2,national pavement contractors association,1,National Research Council,1,New Hampshire,4,New York,14,New York Academy of Sciences,1,Niezgodski,1,NOAA,1,North Carolina,3,npca,1,NPDES,1,Ohio,2,Oklahoma,1,OSHA,1,PCTC,2,Pennsylvania,1,Pets,1,Physicians for Social Responsibility,4,Quigley,2,Quinoline,1,Reader's Digest,2,Regs,6,relative potency factor,1,Republican,1,Rice,1,Rocky River,1,Rodale,2,Rosenthal,3,RT-12,1,San Antonio,7,San Diego,1,Scalze,3,schools,8,Science,57,shotblasting,3,Sierra Club,1,Sisisky,2,Slavins,1,Smoking,2,South Barrington,1,South Carolina,1,Springfield,7,Stormwater Magazine,1,Suffolk,2,Suffolk County,3,Texas,4,The Doctors TV Show,1,Today Show,1,Tom Bashara,3,Toronto,2,tribute,1,TSCA,2,Twitter,9,UConn,2,University of Michigan,1,US Department of Health and Human Services,1,USA TODAY,3,USGS,43,Video,18,Wall Street Journal,1,Walmart,1,Warner,1,Washington,8,Washington Environmental Council,2,Washington State University,1,Watauga Riverkeepers,1,WEF,3,wetland regulations,1,Wieckowski,1,williams,2,Winfield,2,Wisconsin,3,z2014,31,z2014 Summary,14,
Coal Tar Free America: 2013 Coal Tar vs. Asphalt Sealer Price Comparison
2013 Coal Tar vs. Asphalt Sealer Price Comparison
Coal Tar Free America
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS CONTENT IS PREMIUM Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy